Patagonia Mountaineering

Patagonia Mountaineering


  • Spend five weeks in the Patagonia Andes and ice fields
  • Steep mountains, snow, ice, expansive rivers, and dense coastal forests
  • Focus on mountain travel, technical climbing, glacier travel, and heavy weather camping skills
  • Self-contained expedition
  • A diversity of potential expedition areas within the Patagonian Andes
The Patagonian Andes are the site of your mountaineering expedition. Among the peaks, expansive rivers, and thick coastal rain forests, you'll learn the techniques of alpine big-glacier mountaineering and camping in challenging weather.

You'll develop all the skills necessary to carry out remote expeditions and explore rugged and little-traveled mountain terrain. Teamwork, motivation, leadership, and communication are critical components of the course, as are meticulous glacier travel, hazard evaluation, and technical ropework.

This course will offer you the challenges of unknown terrain and fierce Andean weather, preparing you for travel in any mountain area in the world.


Location NOLS Patagonia
Tuition $7,000 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 34 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Coyhaique, Chile
Fly in/out Balmaceda, Chile
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 2 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“I probably would have never learned some of the [skills], if I had never attended NOLS.”

-Marissa G.

NOLS Patagonia Grad